At the risk of starting some kind of debate or something - I've heard all kinds of weird things about getting a girl fixed - do it before the first cycle, let her have one cycle, let her get pregnant first (no way!!!!!), etc. Do any of these carry any weight or should I just talk to my vet first?
I would talk to my vet first. Depending on how your vet practices you may have no choice but to let her go through her first heat assuming it's before or around 6 months of age. The vet my sister takes her dog to made her wait until her dog was 6 months old and she ended up having her first heat a few days after she turned 6 months.
***Edited By: GinaH on 11/16/2004 1:47:30 PM*** Reason: left out a word
it varies between breed and size. my girl is a large breed and at 8 months she had not come into heat at all yet. i have heard from others with her breed they can go as long as 3 years without coming in to their first heat but i am sure that is way atypical. my pyr would cycle only once a year in the spring.